Beauty and the Beast (talk show)

Beauty and the Beast is an Australian panel television show that has appeared in numerous versions since the early days of Australian television.

Beauty and the Beast
Genretalk show
Presented byBeasts:
Seven Network series:
Eric Baume
Stuart Wagstaff
Noel Ferrier
John Laws
Rex Mossop
Derryn Hinch
Ten Network series:
John Laws
Clive Robertson
Ten & Foxtel series:
Stan Zemanek
Doug Mulray
Country of originAustralia
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons21
No. of episodes2,000+
Running time60 minutes
Original networkSeven Network (1964-1973; 1982)
Network Ten (1982-1983; 1996-2002)
FX (1996-2002)
W (2005-2007)
Picture formatBlack & White (1964-1973)
PAL (1982-1983; 1996-2000)
576i (SDTV) (2001-2002; 2005-2007)
Audio formatMono (1964-1973)
Stereo (1982-2007)
Original release1964-1973; 1982-1983; 1996-2002; 2005 
2007 (2007)


Viewers write in asking for advice about personal problems such as family squabbles, questions of social etiquette, marriage problems, contraception, work or career problems. The host of the program - usually an intentionally brusque and outspoken older male - presents each viewer question in turn and a panel of female celebrities provide their advice on the problem and the panel discusses the problem and the advice given offering opinions and views.


First run: Original version

The first version began in 1964 on the Seven Network with host Eric Baume as the "Beast". Baume was later replaced by presenters including Stuart Wagstaff (1966-1968), Noel Ferrier (1969), John Laws (1970), and Rex Mossop (1971-1973).

Second run: 1982 versions

In 1982, the format was revived, with two rival versions, both carrying the same title, appearing on different networks. Network Ten's version had John Laws back as host, later replaced by Clive Robertson, whilst the Seven Network version was hosted by Derryn Hinch.

Third run: Network Ten and Foxtel-produced version

A more recent version of the program has run on both Network Ten and Foxtel, hosted by radio broadcaster Stan Zemanek (1996-2001) and radio broadcaster Doug Mulray (2002).

Network Ten along with FX aired the final episode in 2002. Doug Mulray, who hosted the 2002 series announced that the show was not returning after 7 years.

Fourth run: Foxtel-produced version

The series returned to W exclusively in 2005 after a 3-year hiatus with Stan Zemanek. Beauty and the Beast aired the final episode on W in early July 2007, plus it was not materialized the series' 2008 and it was no longer in production due to the death of Stan Zemanek.

After the show

After the end of the series, the beast host Stan Zemanek died of brain cancer (in his sleep in the early hours) on 12 July 2007. His funeral open to the public was held on 17 July 2007 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in North Sydney followed by a private cremation.

In contrast, The Sunday Telegraph reported that on 28 October 2007, Gretel Killeen the original Big Brother Australia host will resigned after the first seven seasons.

Former Wheel of Fortune hostess Adriana Xenides dies in Liverpool Hospital in Sydney from a ruptured intestine on 7 June 2010. Xendies had been admitted to hospital days earlier suffering from a stomach ailment.

As of July 2011, Alyssa-Jane Cook and Ali Mutch the beauty rosters are now currently present the home shopping network TVSN.

In June 2013, Maureen Duval a beauty panelist of the daytime panel show has died in hospital from an ongoing illness. She was saying their goodbyes by family and friends at a private funeral at North Sydney's St Mary's Catholic Church on 3 July.

In addition, Former beauty Ita Buttrose hosted morning program Studio 10 two mornings a week for the station alongside Joe Hildebrand, Sarah Harris, Denise Drysdale and Jessica Rowe, premiered in late 2013 on Network Ten. But in 2016, Buttrose reduce her appearances on the program to just twice a week to spend more time with her grandchildren.

Charlotte Dawson found dead by suicide in her Woolloomooloo home on 22 February 2014. A real estate agent found her body when he arrived to inspect the property ahead of its auction. Police were called and confirmed her death at 11:18 am; there were no suspicious circumstances to the death. Her friends were reportedly concerned when she had not updated her Twitter or Instagram accounts in the previous 19 hours.

In early 2015, Julia Morris along with Chris Brown to currently co-hosted I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here Australia in South Africa.

Veteran entertainer Stuart Wagstaff died from complications associated with pulmonary fibrosis on 10 March 2015, he was age 90.

Sports personality Rebecca Wilson died at her family home in Sydney on 7 October 2016 from breast cancer. Her death was announced that morning by her friend and radio broadcaster Alan Jones who subsequently wrote an obituary in The Australian. Her death came as a shock to many people around her because she had kept her diagnosis a secret. Her funeral was held at St Andrew's Cathedral, Sydney on 14 October 2016.

Lisa Wilkinson resigns from the TV show Today on the Nine Network in 2017, and from 2018, Wilkinson, currently co-host The Project on Network Ten.

In February 2019, Pauline Hanson was accused of sexually harassing fellow Senator Brian Burston. He claimed that Hanson "rubbed her fingers up my spine" in an incident that occurred in 1998, and propositioned him after he was elected in 2016. Hanson has denied the claims of sexual harassment.

Beauty panelist Jeanne Little died on 7 November 2020 at the age of 82, 9 years after her retirement.

Notable female panelists

The original "Beauties" included Maggie Tabberer, Dita Cobb, Ena Harwood (mother of Andrew Harwood), Patricia Firman, Patricia Lovell, Hazel Phillips, Noeline Brown and Freda Lesslie.[1]

Other notable panelists on the latter versions included Tracey Bevan, Ann-Maree Biggar, Diana Bowring, Ita Buttrose, Shelley Sykes,[2] Barbara Rogers, Carlotta, Jo Casamento, Angela Catterns, Dita Cobb, Beccy Cole, Alyssa-Jane Cook, Louise Crawford, Clio Cresswell, Elaine Davies, Charlotte Dawson, Delilah, Penne Dennison, Anne Deveson, Miranda Devine, Claire Dunne, Maureen Duval, Susie Elelman, Diana 'Bubbles' Fisher, Lisa Forrest, Rachel Friend, Antonella Gambotto-Burke, Chelsea Gibb, Cleo Glyde, Tottie Goldsmith, Libbi Gorr, Belinda Green, Johanna Griggs, Donna Gubbay, Rose Hancock-Porteous, Pauline Hanson, Ena Harwood, Louisa Hatfield, Fiona Horne, Christa Hughes, Frida Irving, Shauna Jensen, Leigh Johnson, Gretel Killeen, Renae Leith, Rebecca Le Tourneau, Jeanne Little, Rachael Lloyd, Jackie Loeb, Prue MacSween, Gillian Minervini, Carol Moores, Julia Morris, Jan Murray (with whom Stan had an ongoing battle), Ali Mutch, Indira Naidoo, Judy Nunn, Lisa Oldfield, Cindy Pan, Jacqueline Pascarl, Carmelle Pavann, Dr Patricia Petersen, Diana Rodger, Kristine Stanley, Heather Turland, Rowena Wallace, Lisa Wilkinson, Sally Williams, Rebecca Wilson, Adriana Xenides, and Tania Zaetta.

New Zealand version

The Beauty and the Beast format was adopted by Television New Zealand as an afternoon television series. It was filmed in the Dunedin studios from 1976 to 1985. The show was directed by Lorraine Isaacs, and featured Selwyn Toogood as the host with a four-woman panel. Notable panelists included Shona McFarlane, Catherine Tizard (later Governor-General), and Johnny Frisbie. [3] The show occasionally featured male panelists such as art-dealer Trevor Plumbly.[3]

A show with a similar concept called How's Life? aired in the early 2000s in New Zealand hosted by Charlotte Dawson.[citation needed]

See also


  1. "Beauty and the Beast (1964)". IMDb. Retrieved 8 December 2008.
  2. Shelley Sykes, Shelley Sykes on "Beauty and the Beast" Australia, retrieved 3 January 2019
  3. "Beauty and the Beast". NZOnScreen Te Whiti Aahua. Retrieved 18 July 2021.